Jordan Education Foundation Celebrates Generosity of Donors

Picture of Superintendent speaking at donor luncheonIt was a day to celebrate everyone who supports students, teachers, and education by donating to and being involved with the Jordan Education Foundation. The Foundation held its annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon at the JATC South in Riverton. Guests were able to visit a variety of educational booths, which featured different programs donors support, programs that make a big difference in the lives of students and teachers.

The theme of the luncheon was “The Power of Connection.” JEF Executive Director Mike Haynes made the opening remarks welcoming everyone, thanking donors for using the power of connection to unite as a community supporting students, teachers, classrooms, staff, and a growing number of refugee families throughout Jordan School District. Superintendent Anthony Godfrey and JEF Board President Dawn Ramsey also talked about the important work donors support and the difference they make in education.

A sincere thank you to everyone using “The Power of Connection” to better the lives and education of students in Jordan School District!

Recognizing the Work of School Resource Officers on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Photo Collage for National Law Enforcement Day Today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. It is an opportunity to thank law enforcement officers for their service and the important work they do in our communities each and every day throughout the year.

It is also an opportunity to thank school resource officers for the role they play in our schools, serving as important bridges between youth, law enforcement, and the communities they serve.

Our resource officers improve security within our schools and on school grounds, building trust between students and law enforcement.

Thank you to the men and women who serve and protect.

Copper Hills High Students Work with West Jordan City Renaming Street

It was an exciting day for students at Copper Hills High School. They have been working with West Jordan City in an effort to rename the street in front of CHHS from New Bingham Highway to Copper Hills Parkway. The effort turned into something of a civics lesson for students who learned how to work with city government to get things done.

The school community is extremely excited about the change, which will recognize and honor the long history of Copper Hills High School and its surrounding areas.

Thanks to West Jordan City Mayor Dirk Burton, members of the West Jordan City Council, and others who helped to make the name change a reality and were on hand to celebrate the occasion.

The CHHS pep band was also a part of the ceremony playing music, along with the Madrigals singing the school song as they unveiled the new street sign.

All Smiles as Jordan Virtual Learning Academy Delivers Hand-Made “Snowballs” to Kauri Sue Hamilton School

Rocky Peak Students service projectIt was a delivery befitting the winter season. However, hundreds of snowballs recently given to Kauri Sue Hamilton students were of the warm variety. Students enrolled in the Jordan Virtual Learning Academy (JVLA) hand-made the snowballs out of yarn. It was part of a service project to bring joy to the lives of others.

The yarn puffballs (snowballs) are for students who have physical challenges, which may keep them from going outside to make and enjoy some fun with snowballs. The puffball snowballs can be used for winter games inside the school.

Thanks to all of the JVLA students and staff for taking the time to bring smiles to others over the long winter months.

2022 JSD Chinese Language Fair at Mountain Ridge High School a Huge Success

Mountain Ridge High School hosted this year’s Chinese Language Fair and it was a fun-filled night of music, storytelling, art, and live performances. Superintendent Anthony Godfrey, joined the celebration and participated in Chinese chess, paper cutting, and Chinese calligraphy.

Both parents and students in Jordan School District loved the event and exciting activities. Ruthann Hook said, “It was so amazing! Words can’t describe how cool this experience was to see all the cool activities my kids have learned and studied for years!” Sarah Wrigley add, “I thought the Chinese Fair was a lot of fun. My kids enjoyed it. I especially loved the performances from the students.”

Students of all ages from a variety of schools in Jordan School District competed in language competitions, including conversation skills, storytelling, an art display, speech, and live performances. Both parents and students also participated in Chinese chess, chopstick competitions, Chinese calligraphy, a Hanfu Display, and many others. Live Performances and awards finished off the night, including amazing songs on the guzheng, kung fu skills, many songs and dances, and even a colorful Chinese Face Changing Opera Display.

The following are first places winners in the different competitions:

  • Conversation Skills: Jolene Gordet, 3rd grade, Foothills Elementary
  • Story Telling: Heidi Gounaris, (Elementary)
    Sophia Rosevear, 8th grade, South Jordan Middle School
  • Art Display: Sky Symond, 9th grade, South Hills Middle School
  • Live Performance: Amy Gao and Ashton Lee
  • Speech: Emily Dow, 11th grade, Mountain Ridge High School
  • Best Organization: Southland Elementary 1st grade (Mrs. Li Xu) and 3rd grade (Mrs. Lay Kou)
  • Distinguished Teacher Award: Lay Kou, 3rd grade Chinese teacher

The Chinese Language Fair, and other events like it, help students in our district, and those in our community as a whole, have a broader knowledge of the world around them. Through the event, Chinese students were proud to share a portion of Chinese culture with everyone who attended.

A special thanks to Emily Dow and Trevor Romrell for this story.